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Mercy Enews
No. 469 | 04 July 2012

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007

Feature

Forty - three Years on Mission in Peru (GB Institute)

Tuesday 26 June marked the 80th birthday of MIldred (Millie) McNamara rsm who was then on the first leg of her long journey back to her mission in Peru after a visit home for a break. She has been forty-three years working in Peru. To the Peruvian people she is “Madre Millie” and she and they would die if she were to come back to live with us in Doncaster! We love it when she is able to make it home for a break and she enjoys being with us.

Millie was one of the original volunteers in 1969 and from her first days in Peru she gave priority to health and the feeding of the poor. A nurse, she began to look after the sick in the convent. This service reached up the hills where they were lacking in water and electricity – where people clamoured for the mercy of God. Millie specialised in obstectrics and gynaecology and after a few years she moved to a clinic in Tupac Amaru, where many still attend. She then moved to Villa Maria where she has now been for 29 years. She has her own Clinic and now operates three Medical Centres where the poor and sick are attended to daily.

The place where Madre Millie lives - Villa Maria – is known far and wide because of the Health Care she has provided there, amid the direst of poverty. There is no doubt that the health care provided by Millie and her dedicated staff is life-giving, healing and inspiring. What the people once said to Jesus when he tried to escape the crowds: “Everybody is looking for you” can also be said of Millie. Now everybody is looking for Millie and the Sisters of Mercy.

Messages to: Mildred McNamara rsm - c/- Cathy Edge rsm Institute Web & IT Co-ordinator

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